Lemon Bars with Poppy Seed Shortbread #SundaySupper

Lemon Bars with Poppy Seed Crust #SundaySupper

On Grey’s Anatomy this week (which was an amazing episode) Meredith, in her signature voice over, said no one waits for their world to explode, their life to change.  But that’s never been true for me.

Since I can remember, I have been waiting for my world to explode, in ways both good and bad.

Lemon Bars with Poppy Seed Crust

The good isn’t so hard to deal with.  Waiting for an agent.  A publisher.  A friend.  For someone to see my work and love it.  Waiting for that moment of bliss when my parents and I will jump up and down crying tears of joy.

I mean it’s no fun waiting for those things, but they aren’t haunting and give me hope for the future.

The bad explosions, they’re not so fun.  Maybe it’s because I’m so creative, but I’ve always been a what if, worst case scenario kind of girl.

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When Mom leaves the house, I sometimes worry she will get in an accident.  When Mom and Dad are gone together, it’s even worse.  I worry I don’t appreciate Dad enough.  I’m just waiting for one or both of them to be gone.

There are the times when my stomach hurts and I worry it’s an appendicitis.  A runny nose might be spinal fluid (Grey’s is to thank for that one too).

Lemon Bars with Poppy Seed Crust

The house might burn down.  We might crash the car.  I might fall down the stairs.  My world might explode.  And even though I think about it all the time, I’m not prepared for it.  None of us can be.  We can take precautions and be careful, but explosions happen without warning.

So we hug and make plans and have fun and talk and cook and bake and make the most of what we have and pretend we aren’t waiting for explosions.

Lemon Bars with Poppy Seed Crust

Lemon Bars with Poppy Seed Crust are the perfect summer dessert that can transport us to another world, a happy world, because everyone is happy when they are baking.  These are pretty easy to make and so full of bright, lemon flavor.

The shortbread crust is taken to another level with poppy seeds.  But really, it’s that gooey lemon topping that makes us fall in love with lemon bars.  How can you not want to dive right in to that goodness?

Lemon Bars with Poppy Seed Crust

Lemon Bars with Poppy Seed Crust #SundaySupper

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 50 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour

Yield: 16 bars


1 stick unsalted butter, room temperature
¼ cup confectioners’ sugar
1 cup all-purpose flour
¼ teaspoon kosher salt
1 tablespoon poppy seeds
Zest of 2 lemons
Zest of 1 lemon
1 ½ cups granulated sugar
3 large eggs
½ cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
½ cup all-purpose flour


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Butter and 8-inch square pan.
  2. In a medium bowl, cream butter, sugar, flour, salt, poppy seeds, and lemon zest. This is easily done by hand but a hand or stand mixer will work too. The dough should come together and be soft and pliable. Press it evenly in the bottom of the prepared pan. Bake for 17-20 minutes until light golden brown.
  3. While it bakes, make the filling. In a medium bowl, whisk together lemon zest and juice, sugar, eggs, and flour. Be sure it is fully combined and pour it over the hot crust. Bake for about 30 minutes until a golden brown crust has formed on top but it is not fully set.
  4. Cool completely in pan before cutting into bars and serving. Lemon bars may be stored in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to 3 days or frozen, wrapped individually in parchment and foil and placed in a zipper bag, for up to 3 months. Thaw in the refrigerator about an hour.


Recipe adapted from Costco Connection

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  1. Debbie Eccard says:

    Shortbread – check, Lemon – check, Poppy Seeds, check……this wonderful concoction has all the right checks! With a cup of Twinnings English Breakfast Tea! I would be in heaven….

  2. These bars speak to me on every level, love lemon and these look amazing. I agree waiting is probably one of the hardest things to do, wish you luck.

  3. These bars look absolutely delicious, Laura! That filling!! Yum 🙂

  4. I love lemon and poppyseed together in anything! These bars sound and look amazing

  5. My daughter LOVES lemon poppyseed muffins so she and I would both go nuts for these yummy bars!

  6. What a terrific idea to add poppy seeds to the shortbread crust! A delicious combination.

  7. Love lemon! You might fairly say I’m a lemon freak. 🙂 Add shortbread and poppy seeds, and wow! Flavor explosion! Really good — thanks.


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